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5.0 out of 5 stars The Zenith of Graphic Novels
Simply put, this is by far and away the best graphic novel you will ever read!

And it earns the full five stars for the following reasons;

1/The plot is superb and is genuinely original.It is fast paced and has really good ideas that constantly challenge you.There is a real sense of the authors 'loving' the characters and knowing their inner-most...
Published on 7 Feb 2007 by Mr. S. W. Steel

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1.0 out of 5 stars Vastly overrated
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"Kingdom Come" is one of the most boring, overrated, and simply bad "event" books from DC I've read. It lacks a coherent narrative, competent writing, strong characterisation, and, maybe most basic of all, an interesting story. Mark Waid's writing on this book is truly abysmal. The saving grace of this book is Alex Ross' artwork which...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Zenith of Graphic Novels, 7 Feb 2007
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Mr. S. W. Steel "stephensteel" (England) - See all my reviews
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Simply put, this is by far and away the best graphic novel you will ever read!

And it earns the full five stars for the following reasons;

1/The plot is superb and is genuinely original.It is fast paced and has really good ideas that constantly challenge you.There is a real sense of the authors 'loving' the characters and knowing their inner-most thoughts, strengths and weaknesses and this really shines through.

2/ The artwork is the best you will ever see!When you see Alex Ross on form like this you are just blown away.It is fair to say that nearly all of the artwork could be on posters and t-shirts ; it is THAT good.

3/ It has all the best DC universe characters in it.Your favourites and some that you will maybe not have met before.The standouts are Superman,Batman and Wonderwoman.

This graphic novel stands head and shoulders above every other.It is superior in every way imaginable.My copy is bent and battered by the number of times i have read this !!I ended up buying the Absolute Edition (also available from Amazon) as a 'best' copy.

THIS IS MY DESERT ISLAND GRAPHIC NOVEL
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom Come amazing, 3 Jan 2009
Ok where to I begin?
I began reading comics when I was 14 and can safely say I have a reasonable colection of greats (Watchmen, The Killing Joke, The long halloween) however Kingdom Come to me is one which I find suprisingly underrated as it is to me the best.
What is good about it? Well it shows a very relatable side to all the characters involved, for example Superman is more powerfull than ever, but Kingdom shows him desperatly trying to hold together a world which is suffering from the presence of metahumans. As the comic points out, he is afraid of what the real 'Man of tomorrow represents' Wonderwoman as well, is shown unusually to be angry and bitter at how events have turned out for the heroes. yet strangely they are all still the same at the core, which gives credit to the writing.
A lot of people criticise it for having a preachy religious plot, but this is not an issue for me, it simply adds depth to the enevitable outcome of the story. Also the fight at the end is no mere brawl found in most DC comics because it isnt trying to wow you, and it seems more a confused scramble for survival than the usual 'bad guys and good guys'.
Overall it is a suprisingly believable, emotional and charactord driven story with artwork that only really belongs with this kind of story, and one I can read several times and not get bored.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TERRIFIC !!, 24 May 1999
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Cast aside all your pre-conceptions of comic art , and comic scripting , come to think of it -- if you've never seen Alex Ross' work , you've missed the biggest treat ever ; luxurious and almost photo-quality , this volume represents the DC pantheon as never before , and updates each character for the present day , without detracting from their established backgrounds ; a truly political storyline , exploring the proper effect of the existence of superheroes , especially the presence of Superman ; this book cannot be RECOMMENDED highly enough -- an essential to any graphic art bookshelf ....
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular armageddon!, 23 April 2003
Don't know where to begin! This is an incredible four part story, and Ross's art is simply beautiful, not whatyou would expect in a graphic novel. a classy piece of work!
Set in the future, Superman has failed to keep up with the times; he isn't brutal or violent enough. After a terrible personal tragedy, he leaves, becoming a hermit. As he began the modern heroic age, so he ends it. With Superman gone, many of the other great heroes fade away from the world stage; Wonder woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Batman.
A new generation of younger super powered beings begins to rampage, fighting for no reason, slowly tearing cities apart, making lesser mortals fear them.But all is not well. A Golden Age hero (Sandman) begins to have visions of an apocalyptic future, visions he passes on to a priest. The priest fears Superman and his allies, who return to help bring about order and peace, will in fact set off events as written in the book of revelation. With Batman conspiring with Lex Luthor to defeat the heores of the past, and the Spectre himself coming to bring justice, how can disaster and destruction be avoided?
This is a cool story, with strong mythic and apocalyptic undertones. You don't have to know much about the DC heroes to enjoy it. The art is brilliant, the story chugs along, the dialogue isn't corny, and the ending isn'y schmaltzy. What more could you want? The graphic novel has an advantage over the original comic release in that it has a delightful little epilogue which i won't spoil for you, a meeting between superman and batman, who have ever seemed at odds with each other despite having the same objectives of defeating evil and protecting the innocent. Batman does come across as a little too smug at times, though Superman is too idealistic and naive, while wonder woman has become cold and martial.
Cannot recommend this enough!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully drawn and imaginatively realised, 28 Feb 2014
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The very first thing you have to say about this book is that the art work is absolutely beautiful. Alex Ross' work as both artist and writer on this project is of as high a quality as you could hope to find. In a time where many of the DC/Marvel runs tend to take on a familiar and polished glean to the art work, Alex Ross' work truly stands out as original and instantly recognisable. The narrative of the piece was really engaging and very imaginative, but it's the art work that really makes this book stand out. I highly recommend any fan of comics to read work by Alex Ross and this is a perfect place to start. Highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Vastly overrated, 2 Jan 2013
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"Kingdom Come" is one of the most boring, overrated, and simply bad "event" books from DC I've read. It lacks a coherent narrative, competent writing, strong characterisation, and, maybe most basic of all, an interesting story. Mark Waid's writing on this book is truly abysmal. The saving grace of this book is Alex Ross' artwork which may be the reason so many people think it's a "classic" of the superhero genre. But even Ross' photo-realistic art can't save it from the literary quagmire it drives itself into and fails to leave for the entirety of this book.

The story setup is most baffling of all. Superman has "retired" for 10 years because he lost his parents and Lois. He just felt he couldn't be Superman anymore. Uh... ok. But then everyone else in the Justice League, except Batman, decide to call it a day too! Green Lantern builds himself a giant green space station and sits on his throne, Hawkman flies about the Pacific North-West, Wonder Woman disappears back to her island, Flash runs endlessly in circles. Why?! Just because Superman hung up his blue and red costume? It doesn't make sense and it's never explained. So in the vacuum the JLA left, a new, younger generation of superhero arrives. These guys aren't really superheroes, they don't care about honour or protecting the innocent, they just fly about the place, smashing things up, firing off lasers, doing all kindsa nutty things - for no reason. It's never explained just why these new superheroes have no conscience - except that that's what Mark Waid wrote in his script, so that's it. Great. Arbitrary nonsense.

So after Magog - who is now the superhero the world deserves, I suppose? - makes a mess by accidentally killing the Atom, thus triggering an atomic explosion that destroys Kansas, Superman finally returns. Why? Because it's his "home state"? There have been other terrible incidents in the 10 years he's been away but this causes him to return, which consequently brings the rest of the JLA back at the same time! They basically do whatever Superman tells them to do, I suppose, they're not individuals, at least not in the hands of Mark Waid.

Now it's Superman and the JLA, the "classic" superheroes who stand for truth, honour, justice, etc. against the arbitrarily stupid, evil, ignorant, and conscience-free "new" superheroes. For some reason, their fighting will bring about Armageddon. But not really because it's humanity who will do this because they don't much like superheroes anymore. The humans, led by Lex Luthor, have had enough of superheroes or "meta-humans" and have decided to build an army to fight them so that humanity will be left alone to make their own decisions (and mistakes). An old and battered Bruce Wayne, held together by an exo-skeleton, joins Luthor and promises to build an army of Bat-robots like the kind he uses to police Gotham. But it doesn't matter because the United Nations decide to fire a nuke into the heart of America at the superheroes who are gathered at the site of Superman's gulag to fight, thus bringing about Armageddon. So it's the humans' fault, not the superheroes'.

But before going into how utterly stupid this scenario is, let's talk about the unnerving undercurrent of right wing politics appearing in this book. Superman and co. are "old" therefore "good" while everything "new" is instantly portrayed as "bad". Superman reiterates that "all life is sacred", he destroys a bar's alcohol because "it doesn't help", and he builds a gulag - yes, it's called a gulag in the book! - to house the rebels! Their stance on crime is extreme. There's a scene where some kids mug a man and run off only to be cornered by not one, not two, but four giant Bat-robots! Police state = good. And throughout the book are quotes from the Bible. So, in this book at least, we have pro-life, prohibitionist, security obsessed Christians as the heroes. Sounds pretty conservative and damned repulsive to me. I don't know Waid's political views but judging from this book I'd say he's an ardent Republican.

If Superman's characterisation is disturbing, it's nothing compared to Wonder Woman who pushes for military action right from the start, urging Superman to build a prison as an answer to any kind of theological opposition. Democracy's bad I guess, Stalin had the right idea! Two of DC's flagship characters behaving like fascists is very disturbing to read but at least they got to speak - Green Lantern, Flash, Hawkman? They never say a word. They silently stand about, helping Superman, like colourful goons and then disappear when he doesn't need them. They are simply ciphers. And the book is filled with weird character moments that were so out of place they took me out of the story like, why does Superman need an oxygen mask to breathe in space, or why is Red Robin piloting the UN's nuke?

Batman is maybe the one character I thought Waid did justice to. Despite being some kind of Transformers-obsessed creator, his personality was right even if his Batman outfit was basically a robot suit and, besides one scene, he's never in costume but he's still called Batman, not Bruce Wayne, which is kinda weird.

There's also the framing device of the Spectre taking an elderly preacher called Norman McCay on a ghostly trip through the book, so they're constantly in the background witnessing events unfold. This is because we're told by Spectre that Norman is to decide the fate of everything - are the superheroes to be saved or damned? It's up to Norman. Who? Why? But in the end this premise proves completely redundant as it's actually Billy Batson who decides. Shazam! Yup, another narrative dead end.

Alex Ross' artwork is great and I always enjoy it. He employs real people wearing real superhero costumes to pose as models and then paints them onto the page, giving his work that photo-realistic look that's much lauded. And it's great, except when you have people pose for each panel, you don't get a good sense of motion in the book. Every pose is static because it has to be in order for Ross to paint it. He doesn't do movement very well - and this book is full of movement! Not once does it seem like the characters are actually moving. Also, as great as his art is, I feel like there can be too much of a good thing, like eating a ton of lobster and garlic butter and making yourself feel sick. I like seeing Ross' work on covers and maybe the occasional short, but a 212 page book? The "wow" factor really diminishes by the end.

The story made no sense. Superman's story arc from retired superhero to returning hero to fascist leader to saviour again made no sense and was horrible to witness. Luthor's plan made no sense. The UN's behaviour made no sense - nuking Superman does not work, yet they do it anyway. And of course afterwards he shows up and trashes the place (it was this scene in particular that made me see where Waid got his inspiration for his "Irredeemable" character, Plutonian, from) and could easily have killed them all if he wasn't stopped and reminded of who he is. Yeah, there's one of those scenes included here. The story of the old and new superheroes fighting one another made no sense and the whole point of Armageddon was really forced. Nothing that happens in this book has any relevancy in later, or earlier, story arcs. It stands alone as an empty, pointless, uninspired and directionless disaster. Everything about this book is flawed beyond belief and beneath it all beats the cold dead heart of conservatism and a fear and hatred of modernity and changing attitudes.

It's another example of the kind of superhero book that tries to be relevant by being as "real" as possible. But the biggest problem for me was the basic requirement I have for any piece of fiction: entertainment. This book is SO BORING! Once you get past the nonsensical plot, there is nothing here that is of any interest. The characters are bland and despicable, the tone is joyless and morbid, and the plodding "story" is utterly bland and uninteresting. If nothing else, this book should be avoided due to it being so purely dull.

For comics fans who've read and enjoyed the wide range of superhero comics DC offer, coming to "Kingdom Come" is a jarring and unpleasant experience that throws up too many questions, offering no answers, and manages to create a miserable, soggy piece of storytelling with some of the most interesting characters ever created. It's bad on every level and serves as one of the nadirs of crap comics - "Kingdom Come" is to be avoided by any and all readers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DC epic!, 15 Dec 2003
This review is from: Kingdom Come (Paperback)
The first thing that everyone will notice about this collection is Alex Ross' amazing artwork, but trust me, there is one hell of a story there as well! This apocolyptic future of the DC universe makes the whole idea of superheroes more real and very unsettling at the same time. Waid's use of the preacher as a moral compass gives an interesting insight on how we would see these nearly-gods, and he manages to make the more powerful characters more human and vunerable, allowing their characters to have flaws.
Of course Ross' art complements the story beautifully; his visions of the DC heroes are amongst the best ever done, and with Kingdom Come he cements his position as one of the greatest comic artists ever. You'll never look at Captain Marvel the same way...
As a nice bonus, there's a "deleted scene" re-included, and an epilogue has been added; it's not vital to the story at all, but is just a nice little touch to finish it. If you don't have this book, buy it now; if you have the comics, buy it anyway!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The DC future in Alex Ross magic hands, 23 April 1999
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In this wonderful mini serie, Mark Waid and Alex Ross show us an apocalitic future to the DC universe, where super man and the old heroes has been replaced by the new heroes generation, wich don't care about humans anymore. Living at a tragedy, the old heroes , leaded by super man fight againts the armaggedon, while Norman Mac Cay watch them. Attempt to the references made by Ross all over the stoy, and presence the drama of an old generation watching all their legacy disapear
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best, 20 April 2008
This is how to tell a story and tell it extrememly well.
This is how all comics should be like, a perfect marriage of art and story.
After you get passed the "Oohh, pretty pictures" stage you find a story that make you want to read. The possible future of the DC Universe reflected how comics were turning at the time. All the older and original characters being over looked for action and violence.
A Change had to happen.
And what a change.
Another title that brought people back to comics.
I can't think of another graphic novel that welcomes you in and gives you a story worth reading and one that you are more than happy to read again and again.
The story starts with a man seing vision of the end of the world and follows this seemingly insignifacant character as he is witness to what happens. You feel for each of the characters, no long two dimensional, you empithise with them and find yourself getting involved in the story, thanks in part to the narrator.
Alex Ross' art is as perfect as you can get, with each character looking different to the rest. Every face is unique, each is very human, instead of reproductions of the same face that sometimes happens in comics.
While Knowledge of the DC universe would be helpfull the way that somethings are explained as you go you feel like you don't really need to know as you learn as the narrator does.
I'm not sure if this review makes much sense but this is a must have for comic fans anywhere. .
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5.0 out of 5 stars All time classic, 3 Jun 2014
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This is a great read for anyone who is a big superman/batman fan. the artwork is great its a far cry from your ordinary "comic" every panel looks like a hand painted masterpiece and the story is brilliant also.
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